HBO’s Godzilla, Surprise Girl and The Matrix gang put stress on Roku

Surprise Girl did not make Roku blink. 

Will Godzilla, King Kong, the gang from “The Matrix” and “Mortal Kombat” do the trick? 

In an unprecedented transfer for a serious film studio, AT&T owned Warner Bros. stated it will launch each one among its first-run theatrical movies subsequent yr in theaters and on its HBO Max streaming service. 

The transfer begins on Christmas Day with the beforehand introduced “Surprise Girl 1984” sequel, and will probably be adopted with sequels to “The Matrix” and Godzilla and a movie primarily based on the “Mortal Kombat.”

That is seen as a transfer AT&T to exert extra stress on Roku, the streaming platform that has declined to hold HBO Max because it debuted in Could. NBC Common proprietor Comcast tried one thing related in September, when it threatened to yank all of its channels (which incorporates Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC) if Roku did not begin carrying its new Peacock. 

Roku caved. 

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This time, “the percentages are good that it may occur the week earlier than Christmas,” says Phil Swann, the creator of the TV Reply Man weblog. “However I would not say it is a assure. Roku nonetheless has numerous leverage. AT&T wants Roku much more than Roku wants AT&T.”

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